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Dionysus is Bacchus. Bacchus is Dionysus.

Image result for dionysus
(although the Greek depiction is a little more stately, same god!)

The intersection of Greek snd Roman Cultures is ancient
AND alive and well in Asheville.
Ciao Asheville hosts a fundraiser for UNCA Celebration of Dionysus
on Tuesday, December 3rd from 5:30 to 7pm at Golden Fleece!
$35 for appetizers that span the cultures with Greek and Italian Wines.
Reserve by Calling (828) 575-9525 or online:
https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/
fundraiser-for-unca-celebration-of-dionysus/


Meanwhile, revisit the pleasure principle and indulge
in "How to Be an Epicurean"
By Catherine Wilson. Reviewed by Wall Street Journal here:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-be-an-epicurean-review-
revisiting-the-pleasure-principle-11569367582


Image result for how to be an epicurean wilson

Book at Malaprops here:
https://www.malaprops.com/book/9781541672635


Your Read it With Wine @MetroWines!
*** Agyros Santorini 2017 ***
100% Assyrtiko, Stainless steel fermentation, volcanic and sandy soil.

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Founded in 1903, Argyros Estate is on the island of Santorini,
famed for its spiraling vines and white washed churches. Yiannis Argyros, 3rd generation owner of the estate took over in 1974 and today, Matthew Argyros the 4th generation of family winemakers continues his father's legacy using traditional techniques

The estate vineyards are primarily in Episkopi and Pyrgos,
prime locations for Assyrtiko. The ungrafted vines range in age
from 30 to over 150 years, and are trained into basket-shaped bowls, a traditional technique called "kouloura". 
The soil of Santorini is naturally immune to Phylloxera and other vineyard pests, reducing the need for synthetic herbicides & pesticides. Estate Argyros practices sustainable viticulture, using composted grape must as fertilizer, and plowing the vineyards with mules.

Assyrtiko is known for its high natural acidity.
This wine is true to character, with flavors of citrus, lemongrass and stone. It is medium-bodied and elegant with great finesse.

$29.99 at wine.com and, you guessed it, unavailable. 

$29.99 at Vivino

$28 @MetroWines

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Le Due Arbie

Bertoldo, Medici, Chianti !
https://www.wsj.com/articles/bertoldo-di-giovanni-the-renaissance-of-sculpture-
in-medici-florence-review-out-of-the-shadows-11569443926


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La Due Arbie is  a blend of 80%Sangiovese and 20%Merlot.
2016 was the 300th Anniversary of the most famous Italian Wine in the World,
from the ancient recipe by Barone Bettino Ricasoli (1716).

Chianti Superiore Le Due Arbie by Dievole has fresh
and fruit forward with tannins that are youthful yet harmonious and rounded.
An elegant wine, with a long finish pairing easily with foods.

The Dievole estate has a long standing history in Tuscany,
dating back as far as 1090. Dievole does not use herbicides and pesticides, they swapped the use of cultured yeasts for wild, and they replaced international varietals with indigenous varieties. The result is is varietal purity and authenticity.

$18.94 in New York. $16.00 @MetroWines!

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Sidekick Cabernet

Psychologists Say Color Affects Moods and Behavior
https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/life/grateful/
2019/09/20/psychology-of-color/2379697001/


Working off that theory, this bottle has to make you happy!

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2017 Sidekick Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi
On the nose, cedar, mocha, plum, pipe tobacco and licorice.
The palate is rich, bold with dark berries and a swash of anise.

$16.99 and on the shelf @MetroWines

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November Winner: Furmint

 

Katerina Dordelman of Sour Grapes brought two wines from Croatia and two from Slovenia for consideration. The clear favorite was 2017 Kobal Furmint from Slovenia.  
 
Group appreciated the varietal as you could enjoy it solo or pair with food. Flavors found ranged from Meyer Lemon, Green Apple to Ginger. Good with Asian dishes. The wine is dry, medium in body and acidity. No need to decant and it can go for 10 years in the bottle!
 
Some thought this wine would also work as a palate cleanser between courses. But whether paired with a dish or served between dishes, this wine is spot on for Thanksgiving. $17.99
 
2016 Plavac was also very well received. This wine is from the cooler island locations presenting aromas of plum, cherry and local herbs. The palate is bight, rustic and earthy but with soft tannins leaving the fruit to shine. Group thought this wine was very versatile. Another good choice for the Thanksgiving Table
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November Great Rose' Tasting

News Release: Saturday, October 12th, 2019

About: Taste Rose' Perfect for Thanksgiving 
 
Join us on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 from 10am to 7pm for a tasting of Rose' Wines perfect for your Thanksgiving Table. 
 
"With all the flavors that come together on a Thanksgiving Table, you need wines that are versatile and pair with most flavor profiles," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "We are introducing Rose' wines a little heavier in body that can not only handle bolder flavors but cooler weather!"
 
The event is "on the house" and all wines poured will be offered at an event price.
 
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Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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TAIT WILD RIDE

*** Another BIG RED ***
"The Wild Ride" 2015 by TAIT 
A blend of 60% Shiraz, 20% Grenache and 20% Mataro


*** Teaching Moment! ***
Mataró, also known as Mourvedre or Monastrell, is a red grape varietal grown in many regions around the world including the Rhone and Provence in France, the Valencia and Jumilla regions of Spain, as well as the Balearic Islands, California, Washington, Australia and South Africa. Mataro wine is medium to full-bodied with a dark purple color. On the nose, you will find herbal notes as well as spice, licorice and leather. Dark fruits like plums and dark cherries are apparent on the palate with an obvious savoury presence with spice and leather.


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Winemaker says this is a full bodied wine, but one that stays within normal bounds. Black cherry fruit is tinged
with mocha and baking spices, ending in a dusting of soft tannins. 
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate 90 Points
Tait's 2015 The Wild Ride boasts hints of vanilla and graham crackers on the nose, alongside notes of mulberries and plums. A big, full-bodied wine is still reasonably light on the palate, with just a touch of warmth on the finish. Drink it over next 3-4 years.


$20.99 at wine.com and unavailable.
$19.99 @MetroWines and on the shelf!

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White Garnatxa

Obsessio White Garnatxa 2017
Montsant, From Marta Plana



Intense fresh white fruit, mostly pears and apples with citric notes, white flower and fennel on the nose. On the palate, the white fruit stands out, pear and almond white flower, aniseed flavored and a taste of aromatic plants with a long and persistent end note and a pleasant saline touch. $19.99

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Clos Pissarra

** Big RED of the Week **
Arrels Garnaxta from Clos Pissara
from Winemaker Emmanuel Kermiji


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The name Clos Pissarra is derived from the Catalan word for slate, as this is the soil that covers the regions of Montsant (sacred mountain) and Priorat (priory), that lie about 85 miles southwest of Barcelona.

Priorat has quickly established itself as the premier wine region in Spain, producing intense and concentrated wines yet remaining elegant and balanced. Montsant is a softer, more approachable version of Priorat, hence, a great value. 

The flinty, mineral character of this wine combined with rich peach notes and a lively acidity continue to a palate that shows balance and concentration.

Only 179 cases produced. $21

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Size Up The Holidays

News Release: Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
About: "Sizing Up The Holidays"
Sparkling Wine in Various Sized Bottles
 
Join us on Saturday, December 14th from 1 to 4pm @MetroWines to "Size Up the Holidays" hosted by Gwen Collins of Mutual Distribution.
 
Sparkling wine is now available in all different sizes from single serve bottles with corks in a four pack perfect for just yourself, stocking stuffers or a host gift to a magnum that not only serves a party but looks fun and festive on a table.
 
"This is a great opportunity to see and taste your bubbly options!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner @MetroWines. "Add a new spark and surprise to your holidays."
 
Photo of Pommery "POPS" 4 pack attached
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Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Children's Book Launch

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News Release: Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
About "Naughty Noel" Book Launch
 
Join us on Friday, December 6th from 5:30 to 7pm to launch "Naughty Noel," a book for children by Asheville area residents, author Christine Davison and illustrator Dana Irwin. Meet both Dana and Christine and talk over a glass of wine. Books will be available for purchase and both Christine and Dana will be available to sign your copy. The event, just in time for the holidays, is "on the house." 

Synopsis:

Based on a true story, Naughty Noel is about a cat who loses everything and finds his way home for Christmas.  Without Grandma, Noel is forced to leave the comfort of the little house with pink shutters in Florida and embark on a year-long journey. There are adventures and misadventures along the way.  It’s a scary world even for this tough cat, and at times, he just wants to give up. Ultimately, Noel discovers a home and family in the spirit of Christmas.

Review:

This tale of a regal Persian cat’s journey is a love letter to felines and their companions. Cat lovers will recognize Noel’s instinctive, quirky, and hopeful reactions to tragedy and change. The illustrations perfectly convey a frightened, curious, angry, confused, perturbed, and ultimately contented cat.”

—Veronika Gunter, editor, Lark Books Children’s Book Division,  Sterling Publishing/Barnes & Noble

Bios:

Christine D. Page received a painting of her mother’s beloved cat as a Christmas gift from her daughter and was inspired to write Naughty Noel. Christine enjoys photography and writing short stories and poetry. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Utah and later studied fine arts and photography at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her short stories are regularly published in the La Honda Voice.

Christine is an international flight attendant and a volunteer with Airline Ambassadors International (AAI). She is also a mission and child sponsorship coordinator for Shepherd of the Hills Children’s Foundation in the Philippines. A portion of the proceeds of this book will go to AAI (airlineamb.org) and to the orphanage. Christine lives with her husband, Philip, in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Dana Irwin has been creating art since her childhood in Greenville, South Carolina. She earned a BFA from University of Georgia in graphic design and did post graduate study at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the Art Students League of New York, Tyler School of Art in Pennsylvania, and Pythagorian School of Art in Samos, Greece. 

Dana’s publishing career spanned both coasts as art director for Avon Books, Hearst Magazines, Mother Earth News, Peninsula Magazine, Northern California Home & Garden, and Lark Books. She is a member of the Saints of Paint, a local art fundraising group benefittting non-profits and artists. She  lives with her dog and two mischeivous cats in Fairview, North Carolina.

 
For updates about the book: http://christinedpage.com
 
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Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Contacts for "Naughty Noel"
  Dana Irwin: danamarirwin@gmail.com
  Christine Davison Page: chris@equityutah.com
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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November Wine Focus Group

Reserve Your Seat HERE!

News Release: Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group: November
 
Join us on Wednesday, November 13th for The Asheville Wine Focus Group from 5:30 to 6:30@ MetroWines. Renee Roscoe of Klinker Brick will host the event presenting four wines, including their highly regarded Zinfandel, for Thanksgiving and the holiday season.
 
About Klinker Brick:

The Felten Family own and manage fifteen individual vineyard blocks of “Old Vine” Zinfandel that range in age from 40 to 120 years old. Each vineyard is planted in sandy loam soils in the Mokelumne River Appellation of Lodi and the Clements Foothills.

In the nineties, the family began to market their zinfandel in the bulk wine market, selling to a number of prestigious, benchmark producers of Zinfandel in Napa and Sonoma Counties.

In 2000, Steve and Lori produced their first vintage of Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel. They continue to produce wine from all of the vineyard blocks, culling only the very best lots for bottling Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel and designated vineyard wines. They produced their first vintage of Farrah Syrah in 2001.

The Feltens and Klinker Brick have one goal…produce world-class wine.

"Zinfandel is considered one of the best varietals for Thanksgiving," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "and many say that no winery does it better for the shelf price than Klinker Brick."
 
But is that a fact? You decide! 
 
The event is on the house. Reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/november-wine-focus-group/
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Class: Spain and Portugal

Tickets HERE! 

News Release: Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

About: Wine Class on Spain and Portugal
 
Join us on Tuesday, October 15th from 5:30 to 6:30 as Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, takes you on a vicarious trip into Spain and Portugal through wine.
 
"These two countries have been making wine for centuries," says Andy Hale, "Their history, climate and culture blend together to all the story in the bottle."
 
$25 for Presentation and Tasting. Call (828) 575-9525
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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White Burgundy in Half Bottles

Wine Alert
Half Bottles of White Burgundy 
@MetroWines

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2018 Bernard Defait Chablis Premier Cru, $23
2016 Joseph Burrier Pouilly Fuisse' Chateau de Beauregard, $16.99

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Dionysus is Bacchus. Bacchus is Dionysus.

Dionysus is Bacchus. Bacchus is Dionysus.

Image result for dionysus

 


(although the Greek depiction is a little more stately, same god!)

The intersection of Greek snd Roman Cultures is ancient
AND alive and well in Asheville.
Ciao Asheville hosts a fundraiser for UNCA Celebration of Dionysus
on Tuesday, December 3rd from 5:30 to 7pm at Golden Fleece!
$35 for appetizers that span the cultures with Greek and Italian Wines.
Reserve by Calling (828) 575-9525 or online:
https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/
fundraiser-for-unca-celebration-of-dionysus/


Meanwhile, revisit the pleasure principle and indulge
in "How to Be an Epicurean"
By Catherine Wilson. Reviewed by Wall Street Journal here:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-be-an-epicurean-review-
revisiting-the-pleasure-principle-11569367582


Image result for how to be an epicurean wilson

 


Book at Malaprops here:
https://www.malaprops.com/book/9781541672635


Your Read it With Wine @MetroWines!
*** Agyros Santorini 2017 ***
100% Assyrtiko, Stainless steel fermentation, volcanic and sandy soil.

Image result for argyros santorini assyrtiko 2016

Founded in 1903, Argyros Estate is on the island of Santorini,
famed for its spiraling vines and white washed churches. Yiannis Argyros, 3rd generation owner of the estate took over in 1974 and today,
Matthew Argyros the 4th generation of family winemakers continues
his father's legacy using traditional techniques

The estate vineyards are primarily in Episkopi and Pyrgos,
prime locations for Assyrtiko. The ungrafted vines range in age
from 30 to over 150 years, and are trained into basket-shaped bowls,
a traditional technique called "kouloura". 
The soil of Santorini is naturally immune to Phylloxera and other vineyard pests, reducing the need for synthetic herbicides & pesticides.
Estate Argyros practices sustainable viticulture, using composted grape must
as fertilizer, and plowing the vineyards with mules.

Assyrtiko is known for its high natural acidity.
This wine is true to character, with flavors of citrus, lemongrass and stone.
It is medium-bodied and elegant with great finesse.

$29.99 at wine.com and, you guessed it, unavailable. $29.99 at Vivino

$28 @MetroWines

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"Bread and Tulips" Film Discussion

RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE!

News Release: Saturday, October 5th, 2019

About: Bread and Tulips Film Discussion
 
Please join us for a discussion of the Italian Classic film, "Bread and Tulips" on Sunday, October 27th from 1 to 4pm @MetroWines. Ciao Asheville Film Coordinator Robert Formento will lead the discussion.
 
"Bread and Tulips" Synopsis: Silvio Soldino directs this gentle comedy about a housewife who temporarily flees from the grinding tedium of her household duties and drifts into a world of amicable weirdos. When Rosalba (Licia Maglietta) is accidentally forgotten by her tour bus at a roadside restaurant, she does not wait there as instructed. She decides to hitchhike home, but on a whim, she ends up in Venice instead. Quietly exhilarated at the prospect of being alone for a spell, she checks into an inn run by a kindly yet eccentric Icelander (Bruno Ganz). Her plans to return the next day are thwarted when she misses her train and does not have enough money to buy another ticket. Soon she is gainfully employed at a flower shop run by an irascible old anarchist. Though her teenaged sons do not seem all that bothered by their mom's absence, Rosalba's husband grows increasing agitated at the interruption in his routine, so he hires a bumbling detective to track her down.
The event, sponsored by Ciao Asheville, and popcorn is "on the house."  $7 for a glass of Red or White Italian Wine.
Please reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here:
Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud
  ciao@MetroWinesAsheville.com
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Dark Side of Wine, III

 

Tickets HERE!

News Release: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

About: What's in the Wine?
 
Andy Hale, Director for The Asheville School at MetroWines, brings back "The Dark Side of Wine!" The tasting and class will focus on additives and manipulation in winemaking just in time for Halloween, Wednesday, October 30th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. 
 
The class this year will include new and up to date information including labeling laws for wine bottles.
 
"Shoppers are very cautious about food ingredients these days, eating healthy, buying organic, avoiding transfats and additives," says Andy Hale, "but there has been little concern about what might be in your wine."
 
Andy will discuss the process of "fining" and "filtering" and the possible additives that some wineries are using to control and conform the taste of wine. "Expect some creepy stuff," says Andy.
 
$25 for the presentation and tasting. To reserve a seat, call (828) 575-9525 or go online here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/dark-side-of-wine/
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Celebration of Dionysus

Ciao Asheville Hosts
A Fundraiser for Dionysus!


"Dionysus is Bacchus. Bacchus is Dionysus.
Greek and Roman cultures have always been linked in more ways than just words and the connection continues today. 

UNCA hosts the Celebration of Dionysus, the god of Wine!  
every year in April. This year the students will translate and perform "Antigone," a Sophocles play that presents issues that remain unanswered.

Join us on Tuesday, December 3rd from 5:30 to 7pm
at Golden Fleece 
for a Fundraiser to support The Celebration of Dionysus


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Golden Fleece will present Mediterranean appetizers
paired with Greek and Italian wines selected in conjunction with MetroWines and presentations will be offered by UNCA Professor Sophie Mills, PHD and Valeria  Tezzon, PHD, both of the ancient history departments at UNCA
about how the Greek and Italian cultures crossed paths. 


$35 for an extraordinary evening. Reserve tickets here:
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/
blog/entry/fundraiser-for-dionysus

or Call (828) 575-9525

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Asheville Wine Focus Group

Asheville Wine Focus Group
Wednesday, October 9th from 5:30 to 6:30

*** Slovenia and Croatia ***
"1,000 Years of Winemaking"


Katerina Dordelman of Sour Grapes Imports and Distribution,
a native of The Czech Republic and recently returned from a trip to Croatia and Slovenia, presents four wines. Katerina will share photographs and stories from her trip including meeting with the winemakers and their families.

When NYT Eric Asimov says a wine is difficult to find in NYC, we have it on the shelf. When Lettie Teague of WSJ recommends 5 varietals you should try, we already  have them on the shelf. Why.? Because we and YOU have opened our minds and palates to the new imports. WE have work to do!

Call (828) 575-9525
online: 
https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/october-wine-focus-group/

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Anatomy

BIG RED of the WEEK
*** ANATOMY ***
Image result for anatomy 2013 cabernet sauvignonFrench winemaker Philippe Langner brings a touch of Bordeaux to Napa for a more restrained though still very engaging style of Cabernet. The nose opens with nicely ripe black fruits – think blackcurrant, blackberry, and black cherry – plus a subtly oaky nose of smoke, black pepper, and cloves. Bright, refreshing acidity on the palate adds to the overall approachability.
Great everyday drinking Napa Cab.

Sold Out Online. $23 and on shelf @MetroWines!

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Beethoven Binge

Binge on Beethoven

Image result for beethovenhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/where-to-
binge-on-beethoven-in-vienna-11568303745


What Beethoven Might Have Binged On...

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Steininger Gruner Veltliner Ried Loisium
Kampala Reserve 2017

Really pure green apple and tarragon aromas lead into a dry, steely palate with hard-edged green apple and citrus followed by a scattering of white pepper. Smooth on palate.
Long finish with a crisp acidity. G
reat food wine. 
90 Points from Decantur. 94 Points from Wine Enthusiast.

Almost nowhere in country. $22 and on the shelf @MetroWines.
                     "This is what Gruner Veltliner was meant to be."  John Kerr, Asheville School of Wine

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